Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Salary

Pay for Chartered Financial Analysts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $74K annually. In the world of Chartered Financial Analysts, overall income ranges from $49K near the bottom to $140K at the top; this can include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Chartered Financial Analysts (84 percent) who took the survey. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$48,080 - $120,784
MEDIAN: $74,118

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$48,080 - $120,784  
$0.00 - $28,736  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$48,653 - $139,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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Job Description for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Basic duties performed by chartered financial analysts (CFAs) include monitoring and helping improve financial performance for clients. Monitoring consists of tracking status, using financial models and forecasting, analyzing plans, and reconciling transactions. To improve performance, all data must be carefully analyzed and then used to present solutions such as automation, removing redundancy, improving coordination, and handling other weaknesses. In some cases, this may require specialized knowledge of specific fields; however, in general, problem-solving skills and strong communication skills are essential to generate strong results.


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Tasks

  • Evaluate financial decisions, set goals and identify key steps for growth.
  • Write reports on recommendations, risks and current state.
  • Analyze financial portfolios and create recommendations.

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Experience Affects Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 14%